Saddleworth Parish Council submitted an application for the designation of Saddleworth Parish Council boundary as a neighbourhood area with the intention of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. The application covered the whole parish area (an application was also made to the Peak District National Park Authority which covers part of the Parish Council area).

Designation of neighbourhood area

The application to designate Saddleworth Parish Council boundary as a neighbourhood area was approved at Oldham Council Cabinet on Monday 21 November 2016. It was also approved at the Peak District National Park Authority Planning Committee on Friday 11 November 2016.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Council has publicised a decision notice and map setting out the following information.

(a) the name of the neighbourhood area;
(b) a map which identifies the area; and
(c) the name of the relevant body who applied for the designation.

These are available to view below:

Details of the decision are also available to view on the Peak District National Park Authority website. 

Next Steps

Saddleworth Parish Council will begin to prepare a neighbourhood plan with advice and assistance from Oldham Council and the Peak District National Park Authority. 

The National Planning Practice Guidance sets out the key stages of neighbourhood planning:

  • Step 1: Designate a neighbourhood area;
  • Step 2: Preparing a draft neighbourhood plan or order;
  • Step 3: Pre-submission publicity and consultation;
  • Step 4: Submission of a neighbourhood plan or order proposal to the local planning authority. At this point the proposals are published for 6 weeks and representations are invited;
  • Step 5: Independent Examination;
  • Step 6: Referendum; and
  • Step 7: Making the neighbourhood plan or order (bringing it into force)

Once passed, the neighbourhood plan will become part of the statutory development plan and will be used to determine planning applications alongside the Local Plan for that neighbourhood area.

Oldham Council in consultation with the Peak District National Park Authority and the three statutory bodies (the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England) has screened whether the plan requires a Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA). The screening statement is now available to view.

Further information will be available as the neighbourhood plan progresses

More information on Saddleworth Parish Council  can be found on the following website.